Oregon State University

Social Justice Retreats

Intercultural Students Services

Racial Aikido and Examining White Identity Image


Retreat Dates:  January 10 - 12, 2014

Information Sessions:

Tuesday, November 19th:  12 to 1pm

Location: Memorial Union 213

Wednesday, November 20th:  5 to 6pm

Location: Milam 123


Application Deadline:  December 2, 2013

 To apply to participate in a retreat click here 

 To apply as a Mentor click here

(must have previously attended the retreat you are applying to assist)


About the Retreats

Racial Aikido and Examining White Identity in a Multicultural World retreats were created to promote a campus dialogue about race and racism at OSU and beyond. Both retreats engage in the active exploration of the concept of race and how race impacts our lived experiences and interactions. The retreats are co-funded and planned by various Student Affairs departments on campus and are provided free of charge to students.


What is the Racial Aikido retreat?

Originally created at the University of Vermont, Racial Aikido retreat seeks to empower Students of Color at predominantly White institutions (PWI) using the principles of aikido. Racial Aikido acknowledges that People of Color may not automatically possess the necessary skills to deal with issues of race and racism.


Throughout the retreat, students learn about their identities and intra- and inter-group dynamics. Students also learn how to maintain a positive self-image and be able to respond to overt and covert racism. Although inspired by the martial art of aikido, there is no physical component to the Racial Aikido retreat. The goal of the retreat is to enable participants to recognize racism, respond to racism in an affirming manner, and replenish themselves to take care of their physical and emotional self.


For more information please contact Teresita Alvarez-Cortez at 541-737-8268 or Teresita.Alvarez-Cortez@oregonstate.edu.


Examining White Identity in a Multicultural World Retreat

The Examining White Identity retreat, developed at Oregon State University, was inspired by the Racial Akido retreat, to provide an opportunity to understand inherent privileges in being White and the psychosocial costs of racism for all people.  The retreat encourages recognition and dialogue regarding the socialization of White people into a system that oppresses others through individual, group and institutional contexts.


Throughout the retreat, students are encouraged to examine their identities through intra-and inter-group reflection and dynamics.  The retreat introduces strategies to dismantle internalized White dominance and oppressive systems.  By understanding these systems, participants can learn how to address White privilege and inaction in ourselves and other White people.  The goal of the retreat is to enable participants to address social inequities by becoming better equipped to be social justice change agents.


For more information please contact:

 Eric Alexander at 541-737-8849; Eric.Alexander@oregonstate.edu


Michele Ribeiro at 541-737-2131; Michele.Ribeiro@oregonstate.edu




Contact Info

Intercultural Student Services
A150 Kerr Admin
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331
Phone: 541-737-9030 | E-mail: iss@oregonstate.edu

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